JULY 23, 2020
Daily increase in Georgia COVID-19 deaths is the most in 2 months
Georgia Health News
Georgia health officials Tuesday reported an increase of 78 COVID-19 deaths from the day before. READ MORE
Medicaid, PeachCare keep gaining enrollment as pandemic continues
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare rolls continue to grow amid the economic devastation from COVID-19. | READ MORE
Audit: Georgia Medicaid oversight is uncoordinated, risks overpaying, fraud (references MAG position)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia’s faulty oversight of private Medicaid management contractors has left the state’s Medicaid program vulnerable to overpaying for health care and to fraud, a state auditor’s report has found. | READ MORE
Hearing scheduled for [Gov.] Kemp v. [Mayor] Bottoms Atlanta mask mandate lawsuit, possible compromised may be reached
Fox 5 Atlanta
A hearing over the lawsuit filed by Georgia Gov. Kemp over Atlanta's measures mandating masks in public and other COVID-19 restrictions has been set for next week. | READ MORE
Gov. Kemp calls on Georgians to do “four things for four weeks" to stop COVID-19
Metro Atlanta CEO
Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey are calling on all Georgians to implement "Four Things for Four Weeks" into their daily routines to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. | READ MORE
Latinos in Georgia feel doubly vulnerable to COVID-19
Georgia Health News
From farmworkers in South Georgia to restaurant employees in Atlanta to poultry factory workers in northeast Georgia, Latinos in the state have been hit hard by COVID-19. Nationally, Latinos have been hospitalized for the virus at a rate that’s four times that of white Americans, according to the CDC. | READ MORE
AMA report finds nearly 40% decline in opioid prescriptions, but overdose deaths continue to climb
Fierce Healthcare
There has been a nearly 40% decline in opioid prescriptions in the last five years, but overdose deaths have continued to increase thanks to spiraling use of illicit drugs such as synthetic fentanyl, a new report finds. | READ MORE
Order PPE for your practice from the AMA
AMA Wire
To support physicians during the ongoing personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage, the AMA is collaborating with Project N95, a not-for-profit organization, to reserve quality-certified PPE for AMA members to purchase with no minimum. | READ MORE
Virus antibodies fade fast but not necessarily protection
Associated Press
New research suggests that antibodies the immune system makes to fight the new coronavirus may only last a few months in people with mild illness, but that doesn’t mean protection also is gone or that it won’t be possible to develop an effective vaccine. | READ MORE
Georgia State faculty get COVID-19 funding to develop coronavirus test tools
GSU News
Georgia State University researchers have received a one-year, $200,000 rapid response grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a tool to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. | READ MORE
5 steps physicians can take to prioritize Black patients’ well-being
AMA Wire
Data on racial and ethnic patterns of the pandemic paints an alarming picture. Biases and discriminatory practices in health care contribute to stark inequities, but physicians and other health professionals can help make a change to better reach and care for Black patients. | READ MORE
FCC unanimously approves 988 as new three-digit suicide prevention hotline
USA Today
Months after announcing a proposal to implement a three-digit suicide prevention hotline, the Federal Communications Commission approved 988. | READ MORE
A medical examiner reflects on Chicago’s 1995 heat wave (features MAG Speaker Edmund Donoghue, M.D.)
When Chicago was hit with sweltering temperatures in July of 1995, local officials were slow to react to a heat wave that would go on to claim more than 700 lives. As the death count climbed, then-Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Edmund Donoghue helped sound the alarm. | READ MORE
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